From the FanPosts. One of the better thought out trade down scenarios for the Chiefs I've seen. Please keep this post in mind before you post two paragraphs that don't make any sense. -Chris
So, seeing as everyone else has listed some ideas about who we could trade down with for our #3 overall pick I thought I'd take a shot at it.
Denver, San Fran, Tampa Bay, the Jets, and Seattle may be in need of a QB, but that's been done already. Philly is in need of OL and a RB, but that's been done too.
Without further ado:
Plaxico Burress was pulled over for the 5th time in a month after changing across 5 lanes in an attempt to make his exit. He decided that mouthing off to the officer rather than to act like an adult was the correct course of action. Burress was released by the N.Y. Giants after refusing a settlement that would have paid him some of the bonus money he was due to make before he broke the law and shot himself in the leg. After missing games last year the Giants felt that he was in breach of contract and they filed a grievance in an attempt to get out of his $35million dollar contract. After the NFLPA listened to both sides and while they were considering the issue the Giants decided to make an offer to settle the dispute.
Keep in mind that the Giants were none too happy over Burress' decision to postpone the legal proceedings on his gun possession charges until after the draft. The Giants very much would have preferred to go into the draft knowing if they were going to be in need of taking a receiver. Plax and his lawyer, in obtaining a postponement, left the Giants in limbo regarding that question going into the draft. The Giants made an offer to Plax that would have paid him some of his contract money even if he served time for the gun charges. Plax and his agent decided the best course of action was to refuse that offer and continue to fight for the full $35 m contract. The Giants decided that, given the continued malcontent over the $$$ + the impending possibility of jail time, it was in their best interest to cut him.
Now the Giants know for sure that they need to go into the April draft and come out with a serious threat at the WR position. According to the table on this page WR Michael Crabtree tops the NFL draft rankings for the Giants. He is ranked #1 above Aaron Curry. The Giants do not pick until 29th in the April NFL draft. There isn't much chance for the Giants to pick up a top threat at WR with the 29th overall pick.
The Giants have a plethora of draft picks in April including: 1 first, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, 1 fourth, 2 fifths, 1 sixth, and 1 seventh. They also have about $23m in cap room. They could sign all 10 players in the draft if they wanted to spend all their cap, but I believe they would be better off by packaging some picks to move up and take an impact receiver in the 1st round.
With Kevin Boss as their TE pass catching threat, they also would not be hurt by adding a veteran TE that has a proven ability to catch the ball in traffic. With the loss of Burress and Amani Toomer (born 1974) entering his 15th NFL season they can expect to see decreased production of 1st downs from the WR position. Hixon, Manningham, Smith, and Moss round out their current receivers. During the 2008 regular season the Giants did not have a receiver with over 600 yards and were 88/204 in 3rd down conversions. Worse yet, on 2/27 Amani Toomer was declared a FA and is no guarantee to return to the team next season.
The Giants have a definite and immediate need for an impact WR. They have the means and ability in terms of draft picks to move up the board. They have needs at all the receiver positions and arguably for a TE that can be a bigger receiving threat than he is a blocker.
The Chiefs could get a lot of picks in the 2nd and 3rd for the "Michael Crabtree" spot if they are willing to trade back to #29 in the first round. The Giants are also a team that is ripe for the picking to trade further back with to add more picks in a multi-trade deal. EX. trade the #3 for Denver's #13 and #18 + the Broncos 4th or 5th. Then trade the #12 to the Giants (Crabtree might be gone, but other top 5 ranked receivers wont be) and move down to #29 while adding at least 1 second rounder if not 2 (or a 2nd and a 3rd).
We could still grab a Maualuga or a Laurinaitis with the #18 pick and Unger/Mack at the #29 spot plus add 2nd and/or 3rd rounders.
I don't want to get too far into suggesting specific trades, but I do think there is a definite possibility of the Giants being willing to wheel and deal their 10 picks on draft day. Their need at WR is high. There also may be a player or 2 off of their defense they are willing to package for a WR, and adding TG to sweeten the pot could be a possibility.